WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., rowing program director Patrick Diggins and head men's rowing coach Todd Pearson have announced the men's schedule for the 2011 spring season. The Crusaders will compete in three events on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester.
The Crusaders will go on a spring training trip to Gainesville, Ga., on March 4-12. "The team is looking forward with great anticipation to our 2011 spring schedule," said Pearson. "With the long, snowy winter that we've had here in Worcester, our spring training trip to Georgia becomes even more important. We intend to make use of every possible moment on the water down south to help prepare us for our upcoming season."
"Our dual racing schedule includes several crews that were ranked in the Top 20 in the nation last year, including our first opponent of the year, Dartmouth," said Pearson. "We'll need to be ready to race hard from week one. We're also looking forward to racing for the Sullivan Cup against George Washington and the new Healy Cup against Georgetown. The Healy Cup was the gift of the Holy Cross and Georgetown classes of 2010 and we'll compete for it for the first time ever in 2011. I know the team would really love to bring both trophies back to Worcester this spring. Another highlight on our calendar is the George Washington Invitational Regatta on April 9 and 10. At the GW Invitational this year will be Brock University from Canada and Oxford University from Great Britain. It is a tremendous challenge and opportunity for our program to test ourselves against these international crews."
Holy Cross will start the season versus Dartmouth on Lake Quinsigamond on April 2. The Crusaders will then compete at the George Washington Invitational (April 9-10) and take on Georgetown (April 16). Holy Cross will return to Lake Quinsigamond for a match up with Bucknell (April 23) and then hit the road to compete versus Rutgers (April 30). Lake Quinsigamond will once again be the venue for the Eastern Sprints (May 15) as the Crusaders will compete against some of the best teams in the nation. Holy Cross will conclude the season pending qualification at the IRA National Championship (June 2-4) in Camden, N.J.
"For now, we will look to continue to build speed throughout the winter and spring so that we can have our best racing of the year at the Eastern Sprints on May 15," said Pearson. "The team is singularly focused on qualifying as many boats as possible for the IRA National Championship."